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QUICK! Carve Your Pumpkins!

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Oct 252020
 

A popular out of state Jack-O-Lantern display from a recent year.

The Coronavirus really left an impression on 2020, destroying lives in a vast variety of ways. Taking the lives of loved ones, forcing the cancelation of just about every beloved traditional event in town, including a fall favorite for the children, “Trunk or Treat.”

Thanks to a friend who forwarded the information, I just learned about a new event that is taking place this week, it’s called the Pumpkin Blaze.

An established town organization along with its women’s group evidently planned a pumpkin carving contest that will run from Oct. 27 – 30 and chose not to share it with Orange Live. But since it is a community event, we believe it deserves a mention here for anyone else that didn’t know.

Details:

Do your absolute best to carve an amazing pumpkin and drop it off at the firehouse at 625 Orange Center Road from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The pumpkins will be on public display on Tuesday – Thursday, Oct. 27, 28, and 29 from 6-9 p.m.

The entries will be judged at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.

There are four age categories and prizes will be presented for winning entries: 5-8 years old; 9-12; 13-15 years and Professional for ages 16 and older.

Prizes also will be given to Best in Show, Most Original, Happiest, and Scariest.

NOTE: All entries must have candles or battery operated lights. The judges reportedly are anonymous individuals.

For safety sake, children in the 5-8-year-old category may paint or use markers instead of carving their pumpkins.

During the viewing hours, social distancing and protective face coverings will be required.

The provided number for additional information is 203-641-3775.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amity Swimming’ Women Splash Past Jonathan Law

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Oct 242020
 

The Amity Girls Swimming and DivingTeam Had a Virtual Meet against Jonathan Law on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The Lady Spartans edged out Law 91 to 87
Here are the results:
Amity’s winning events
 
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:57.94 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:30.26 Lauren Sender
50 Free – Amity 26.32 Grace Mahon
100 Fly – Amity1:03.13 Julia Snow
100 Free – Amity 56.19 Katherine O’Connor
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:48.03 Lauren Sender, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
Law’s winning events
200 Free – Law 2:05.09 Athena Homorodean
Diving – Law 235.35 MaKenna Sharpe
500 Free – Law 5:38.99 Emma Savoie 
100 Back – Law 1:19.41 Aislinn Burns
100 Breast – Law 1:13.21 Hennessey Shane
400 Free Relay – Law 4:18.90 Athena Homorodean, Olivia Franzman, Macie Rascall, Hennessey Shane

Where Will You Vote On Election Day?

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Oct 232020
 

If you haven’t already voted by mail, you are probably planning to vote in person on November 3.

But, be aware of where you’re supposed to go to vote.

All voting will take place at the High Plains Community Center.  If you are accustomed to voting at Mary L. Tracy School, you will vote in the High Plains gymnasium.

 

Breaking It Down By District

Districts 1, 2, and 3 are determined by the State Representative District, so this should assist people in finding their polling place, if they plan to vote in person on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

District #1  (114th State Representative District)

Mary Welander v. Dan DeBarba

High Plains Community Center Gymnasium

 

District #2  (117th  State Representative District)

Tony Sutton v. Charles Ferraro

High Plains Community Center South Wing Room #3

 

District #3  (119th State Representative District)

Bryan Anderson v. Kathy Kennedy

High Plains Community Center Cafeteria

 

Girl’s Swimming: Lauralton Edges Amity In Virtual Meet

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Oct 222020
 

On Monday, October 19, the Amity Lady Spartans Swim Team went up against Lauralton Hall in a Virtual meet.

Lauralton won this one 96-90

Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.05 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo
50 Free – Amity 25.63 Katie O’Connor
Diving – Amity 170.55 Caitlyn Smith
100 Fly – Amity1:02.25 Grace Mahon
100 Breast – Amity 1:18.28 Mandy Robinson
Lauralton’s winning events:
200 Free – LH 2:00.30 Claire Kehley
200 IM – LH 2:18.40 Morgan Bagnall
100 Free – LH 56.22 Morgan Bagnall
500 Free – LH 5:20.58 Claire Kehley 
200 Free Relay – LH 1:46.92 Ashlyn Blessey, Elizabeth Long, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley
100 Back – LH 1:01.46 Vivian Freitas
400 Free Relay – LH 3:52.99 Ashlyn Blessey, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley, Vivian Freitas

This Week’s (Oct. 19-24) Varsity Sports Schedule

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Oct 202020
 

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This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct 19 – 24)

Monday, Oct. 19

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Home at High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.
Girls Soccer vs Platt Tech Home – Amity High School – Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Away – Foran High School -Pool at 7:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Shelton Home Amity Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.  W 3-1
Tuesday, Oct. 20

Boys Soccer vs Platt Tech Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Home High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford Away Guilford High School Main gym at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday Oct. 21

Boys Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Field Hockey vs Shelton Home Amity Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Away at Foran High School Pool at 5:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Platt Tech Away Platt Tech Gym at 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23

Girls Soccer vs West Haven Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs West Haven Away WHHS-Ken Strong Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Football vs Shelton Home Amity William Johnson Stadium Field at 10:30 a.m.

And The COVID Keeps Coming: Here We Go Again

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Oct 192020
 

On Friday and again today, Amity Supt. Jenn Byars sent “The Letter” out to the Amity Community.

Here’s Today’s version:

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take. If you are not contacted by the local health department, then you/your student is not considered a close contact.

To assist the schools and the health district with contact tracing, we are asking parents to please go into PowerSchool to update the PRIMARY contact information. Directions for updating PowerSchool information are included in this SwiftK12 message. For timely contact tracing, it is critical that a primary phone number is a number where a parent/guardian can be reached quickly. We thank you for your assistance with this.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

• Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

• As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

• Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

• Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending aclosure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

Sincerely,

Jenn Byars

Orange Recycling Committee Welcome You To Shredding Day On Saturday

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Oct 162020
 

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The Orange Recycling Committee will be on hand, rain or shine for the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC). The committee will once again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council collecting used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck.

Due to COVID-19, residents are asked to put documents in their trunk and pop the trunk when it is their turn. Residents will not have to exit their vehicles and allow for this “touchless” recycling event.

This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents may also bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for a pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or checks made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost. “Saturday, October 17th will be a great morning for cleaning out before the winter sets in”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses for the ultimate Orange Recycling event!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as our tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the tenth time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed

WHAT TO BRING:

 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

 Mattresses and box springs.

 

DO NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

 

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live

in Orange and are committed to educating, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange residents.

 

 

Superintenden’t Letter: Today’s COVID News From Amity High School

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Oct 152020
 

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

October 15, 2020
Dear Amity Community Members:

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

  •   Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  •   Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
  •   As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  •   Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
  •   Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:
    • ❑  Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
    • ❑  Chills or shaking chills
  • ❑  Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
  • ❑  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • ❑  New loss of taste or smellFor additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

    Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

    For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

    We are monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending the closure of the school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

    Sincerely,

    Jenn Byars

Need Campaign Signs? Orange Democratic Headquarters Is Open

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Oct 132020
 

The Orange Democratic Headquarters is open at 185 Boston Post in Hitchcock Plaza.

Here, you will be able to get information on the candidates and campaign signs.

If you would like to volunteer for the Democratic party in Orange stop by and see how you can help.

High School students can earn volunteer credits for the time they put in.

Case Memorial Releases List Of New Audiobooks

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Oct 132020
 

New Audiobooks, October 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Case Memorial Library.

A good neighborhood : a novel / Therese Anne Fowler.

Anxious people / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.

How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi.

One by one / Ruth Ware.

The lying life of adults / Elena Ferrante.

The pull of the stars : a novel / Emma Donoghue.

Transcendent kingdom / Yaa Gyasi.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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